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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS081-724-24 Date: Jan. 1997
Geographic Region: MEXICO
Feature: BAJA, MAGDALENA ISLAND

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  STS081-724-024 Magdalena Bay, Santa Margarita Island, Mexico January 1997
Magdalena Bay, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean, can be seen in this south-looking view. Located on the Pacific Ocean in southwestern Baja California, the rather narrow Magdalena Bay is the winter home to some of the largest animals on Earth. At the end of their 5000 mile (5650 km) journey from the Bering Sea between Russia and Alaska, thousands of gray whales congregate each year in the protected bay waters to mate, bear their young, and pass the winter months before returning to the Bering Sea in the Spring. The bay is also home to sea lions, dolphins, and other types of large whales. Magdalena Bay is located in a semi-arid wilderness surrounded by rugged islands, uninhabited beaches, sand dunes, and mangrove channels. Thousands of tourists visit this region each winter to observe the large numbers of animals congregating in and around the bay. Near the left center of the image, the small, but rugged island of Santa Margarita can be seen.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 311k
Mission: STS081  
Roll - Frame: 724 - 24
Geographical Name: MEXICO  
Features: BAJA, MAGDALENA ISLAND  
Center Lat x Lon: 25.0N x 112W
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 0
 
Camera: HB
 
Camera Tilt:   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction:   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?: Y   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number:  
 
Date: 199701__   YYYYMMDD
Time:   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth:   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude:   nautical miles
Sun Elevation:   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: ISLAND, DESERT, COAST, HILL  
Water Views: BAY, PLAYA  
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